Monday, June 14, 2010
About "This Old Man"
This Old Man goes up over at Book View Cafe today. TOM was my first story about Old Man Hibbert. I like that character-- I've even written an unpublished 150,000 word novel in his world.
Post-apocalyptic stories are a staple in science fiction. I'm no different. My last sale to Asimov's was Jackie's Boy. Also a post-apocalyptic story. By the way, both Jackie's Boy and This Old Man take place in the same universe.
Same universe. Different apocalypses.
TOM is one of those stories I find hard to talk about. It's difficult to write about where the story came from without revealing too much about the story. It's better to read it.
I was certainly influenced by Laurie Garrett's book, The Coming Plague.